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Colorado Avalanche Re-Sign Ryan Wilson, Qualify Restricted Free Agents

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17: Ryan Wilson of the Colorado Avalanche against the against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on March 17, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Kevin GoffContributor IJune 25, 2012

After a little bit of extra waiting, the Colorado Avalanche finally released news of the restricted free agents that were extended qualifying offers.

The process was likely delayed by the announcement of a new contract with Ryan Wilson. Wilson was given a three-year contract worth $6.75 million.

This was another smart contract by the Avalanche, who inked Matt Duchene to a two-year deal on the second day of the NHL Entry Draft.

As far as the restricted free agents go, the Avalanche extended qualifying offers to every one of their restricted free agents, with two exceptions.

The first exception was Kevin Porter. This did not come as much of a shock to most Avalanche fans.

The other player not extended a qualifying offer was Peter Mueller. The Avalanche have been patiently waiting for Mueller to recover from his concussion symptoms.

After all the support and encouragement the organization gave to Mueller, It is a little surprising that he is going to be allowed to walk.

Now, it is entirely possible that the Avalanche didn't want to give him a qualifying offer because they wanted to get him on a contract with less money, but it just feels like Mueller is now destined for free agency.

Thinking about it, it shouldn't really come as too much of a shock that the Avalanche would let a talented player go because of health issues. The Avalanche allowed Tomas Fleischmann to go to unrestricted free agency after his battle with blood clots almost exactly a year ago.

Even though both players were cleared by doctors to return to action, the Avalanche felt that the risks were too high to commit to players with those types of injuries.

Something else that Avalanche fans might consider is that the Avalanche are now making room for another winger that might have more of an upside.

There are, after all, a couple of very talented wingers that can score more and have had far fewer injuries than Mueller.

Food for thought.

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